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October 2012 Sightings

31st October 2012 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.40-09.15. Cloudy most of the day with rain from mid-afternoon, a strong force 5-7 gusting 8 S wind .
The wind made birding very difficult and there was very little passage. A Lapland Bunting and 21 Snow Buntings and a Scaup at Beacon Ponds were the pick of the day, other birds noted included 2 Eider, 79 Common Scoter, 1 Water Rail, 2 Moorhen, 1 Woodcock, 1 Little Auk on the Humber, 1 Swallow, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 3 Ring Ouzel, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 3 Brambling and 7 Twite.

Ring Ouzel. Russ Smithson

Ring Ouzel. Russ Smithson

30th October 2012 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.55-16.30. Sunny spells and cloudy periods, a force 3 WNW-WSW wind.
The more north in the west wind to start with meant only small numbers of birds were moving south, but it was good for birds coming in off the sea and continuing west particularly Blackbirds and Fieldfares which were in smallish but regular flocks, Blackbirds totalled 185 in and Fieldfares 350, other birds coming in off were 4 Woodcock, 2 Little Auk, 5 Skylark, 1 Shore Lark then south (first of the year), 6 Rock Pipit, 1 Song Thrush, 41 Redwing and 41 Starling. Birds moving south included 5 Whooper Swan, 400 Pink-footed Geese, 15 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 7 Eider, 230 Common Scoter, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Goosander, 33 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 21 Cormorant, 23 Shag, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Little Auk N, 3 Stock Dove, 50 Woodpigeon, 25 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 32 Meadow Pipit, 18 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 7 Waxwing (also 9 others seen at the Warren and Kew and 5 in Easington), 7 Jackdaw, 12 Rook, 6 Carrion Crow, 2 Jay, 66 Starling, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 2 Greenfinch, 69 Goldfinch, 25 Siskin, 3 Linnet, 9 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Snow Bunting and 2 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 2 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe, 6 Woodcock, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Long-eared Owl, 3 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 4 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, 19 Long-tailed Tit, 11 Twite, 1 Mealy Redpoll (trapped at Kew).
An interesting feature of the day involved the ‘met mast’, which is a large metal mast a couple of hundred feet high about 6 miles offshore – sometime during the day it snapped in half and the top half is bent over into the water!

adult male Mealy Redpoll. Micky 'luv' McNaghten

adult male Mealy Redpoll. Micky 'luv' McNaghten

Waxwing. Micky 'luv' McNaghten

Waxwing. Micky 'luv' McNaghten

Waxwing. Russ Smithson

Waxwing. Russ Smithson

29th October 2012 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-11.30, 12.15-16.30. Clear blue skies clouded over by mid-day and produced a couple of light showers, a force 3-4 SW-W wind.
The Great Grey Shrike was still showing around the cemetery in Easington, a Yellow-browed Warbler was also heard around the cemetery.
There was some light passage south – 375 Pink-footed Geese, 35 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck N, 12 Eider N, 578 Common Scoter, 15 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 6 Shag, 2 Hen Harrier, 4 Sparrowhawk, 2 Arctic Skua, 3 Little Auk, 1 Stock Dove, 116 Woodpigeon, 57 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 43 Meadow Pipit, 20 Rock Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail, 5 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 3 Chaffinch, 27 Brambling, 31 Greenfinch, 88 Goldfinch, 14 Siskin, 39 Linnet, 24 Twite, 23 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 7 Snow Bunting, 7 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 8 Woodcock, 80 Robin, 7 Black Redstart, 2 Redstart, 5 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 110 Blackbird, 71 Fieldfare, 6 Song Thrush, 50 Redwing, 2 Waxwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 8 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, a record 29 Long-tailed Tit, 12 Brambling, 12 Twite.

Black Redstart. Richard Willison

Black Redstart. Richard Willison

Common Redstart. Richard Willison

Common Redstart. Richard Willison

Great Grey Shrike. Richard Willison

Great Grey Shrike. Richard Willison

Twite. Richard Willison

Twite. Richard Willison

28th October 2012 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 06.10-11.30, 12.25-15.45. Rain at first soon cleared leaving some sunny spells, then drizzle becoming more persistent by early evening. A force 3 SW wind.
There was no sign of the Olive-backed Pipits today but a LITTLE BUNTING was found on Vicar’s Lane late morning, unfortunately it was flushed by two cyclists and flew into the housing estate not seen again. The Great Grey Shrike was still opposite the cemetery and the Yellow-browed Warbler was seen again on Green Lane at Easington. Single Waxwings were seen at Beacon Lane and Chalk Bank. Migrant totals were 3 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe, 10 Woodcock, 100+ Robin (including a partial albino bird with white in its outer tail feathers!), 6 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 5 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 250 Blackbird, 110 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 90 Redwing, 12 Blackcap, 19 Chiffchaff, 14 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper (Easington churchyard), 50 Brambling, 10 Twite, 11 Snow Bunting.
There was some light passage over the sea – 11 Whooper Swan, 40 Pink-footed Geese, 14 Brent Geese plus 2 Pale-bellied, 150 Wigeon, 65 Teal, 4 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 36 Eider, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 279 Common Scoter, 4 Velvet Scoter, 14 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 23 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver , a Slavonian Grebe drifted south, 25 Cormorant, 4 Shag, 55 Little Auk , five of which came in off and carried on inland.
It was a good day for birds coming in off the sea, mainly Starlings which numbered a minimum of 3740, other birds coming in off were 22 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 60 Blackbird, 7 Blackbird, 8 Redwing, and 2 Snow Bunting, while moving south were 25 Skylark, 8 Meadow Pipit, 14 Rock Pipit, 156 Tree Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 11 Brambling, 2 Greenfinch, 124 Goldfinch, 28 Siskin, 16 Linnet, 1 Twite, 3 Snow Bunting and 2 Reed Bunting.

Water Rail. Andy Roadhouse

Water Rail. Andy Roadhouse

27th October 2012 - Saturday

Sea –watch 07.10-15.00, 15.45-17.15. Mostly cloudy all day with some sunny spells and plenty of rain and hail showers.
Howling northerlies meant birding was difficult but still turned out to be a good day for finding rarities – the best 2 OLIVE-BACKED PIPITS at Sammy’s Point, which eventually showed well late afternoon, a SHORT-TOED LARK was seen on the road at post 55 late morning but the road being closed meant few people went to see the bird and its unsure where the bird ended up; the Great Grey Shrikewas still opposite cemetery in Easington, a Yellow-browed Warbler was found at the north end of Green Lane in Easington; 2 Waxwings were at Kew and another in Easington, other common migrants weren’t counted with the road closed but birds noted were 3 Woodcock, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Tree Pipit, 3 Black Redstart, 6 Ring Ouzel, 3 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 12 Goldcrest, 9 Brambling, 2 Siskin, 2 Lesser Redpoll and 8 Snow Bunting.
It was a good day over the sea with 19 Wigeon, 17 Teal, 12 Mallard, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup, 46 Eider, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 672 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 4 Goldeneye, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 26 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 5 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Manx Shearwater, 429 Gannet, 2 Shag, 12 Pomarine Skua, 13 Arctic Skua, 2 Long-tailed Skua, 5 Bonxie, 3300 Kittiwake, 15 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill and 66 Little Auk.

Olive-backed Pipit. Ian Smith

Olive-backed Pipit. Ian Smith

Purple Sandpiper. Dave Collins

Purple Sandpiper. Dave Collins

26th October 2012 - Friday

Migration/sea –watch 07.10-13.50. A blustery N wind, cloudy with some sunny periods, intermittent showers in the afternoon and heavy rain after dark.
There was no sign of the Olive-backed Pipit today and migrants were harder to see in the blustery conditions, however a Great Grey Shrike showed well in hedges opposite Easington Cemetery, where there was also a probable Siberian Chiffchaff and 2 Waxwings, at least 3 others were seen at Spurn, 1 at the Point and 2 between Kew and the Blue Bell. Other migrant totals were 24 Woodcock, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Swallow, 51 Robin, 3 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 2 Ring Ouzel, 210 Blackbird, 575 Fieldfare, 17 Song Thrush, 180 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Blackcap, 26 Chiffchaff, 41 Goldcrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 77 Brambling, 10 Siskin, 15 Twite, 3 Lesser Redpoll. Passerine passage was negligible apart from 65 Brambling.
The sea was quite productive 28 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 41 Wigeon, 61 Teal, 2 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 11 Tufted Duck, 11 Scaup, 37 Eider, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1140 Common Scoter, 11 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 79 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 6 Sooty Shearwater, 8 Manx Shearwater, a Leach’s Petrel, 327 Gannet, 11 Shag, 3 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 38 Bonxie, 36 Little Gull, 905 Kittiwake, 127 auk sp, 8 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill and 13 Little Auk.
Other birds included a Marsh Harrier, a Merlin, 1 Purple Sandpiper, a Jack Snipe and 2 Jays.

Waxwing. Ian Smith

Waxwing. Ian Smith

Richard Willison

Richard Willison

Snow Bunting. Richard Willison

Snow Bunting. Richard Willison

Great Grey Shrike. Richard Willison

Great Grey Shrike. Richard Willison

25th October 2012 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watches 07.10-17.30. At last a day with no fog, varying amounts of cloud cover and occasional showers early morning, a brisk force 3-4 NE wind.
Another good day, with visible migration over the sea and land and still plenty of grounded migrants, although in much reduced numbers. The highlight was an OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT found mid-afternoon in the Canal area but showed much better when it was refound at the Borrow Pit, before it flew and dropped out of sight near Big Hedge. It was heard calling near Canal Hedge at dusk. The Bluethroat was still at Easington Lagoon and a Jay was at Rose Cottage.
Common migrant totals were 1 Jack Snipe, 7 Woodock, 1 Tawny Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Rock Pipit, 160 Robin, 4 Black Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 4 Stonechat, 15 Ring Ouzel, 260 Blackbird, 305 Fieldfare, 44 Song Thrush, 465 Redwing, 7 Mistle Thrush, 5 Blackcap, 16 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 110 Goldcrest, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 406 Brambling, 15 Twite, 2 Lapland Bunting, 8 Snow Bunting.
Over the sea were 2 Whooper Swan, 18 Wigeon, 21 Teal, 2 Pintail, 13 Tufted Duck, 3 Scaup, 59 Eider, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1232 Common Scoter, 11 Velvet Scoter, 9 Goldeneye, 5 Red-breasted Merganser, 78 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1Great Northern Diver , 1 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Manx Shearwater, 625 Gannet, 7 Shag, 10 Pomarine Skua, 12 Arctic Skua, 63 Bonxie, 64 Little Gull, 1578 Kittiwake, the latest ever Black Tern, 153 auk sp, 34 Guillemot and 3 Razorbill.
There was a surprisingly good passage over the land considering the winds – 1 Kestrel, 34 Stock Dove, 180 Woodpigeon, 72 Skylark, 28 Swallow, 71 Meadow Pipit, 7 Rock Pipit, 7 alba Wagtail, 5 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 6 Carrion Crow, the first Hooded Crow of the autumn, 520 Starling, 88 Tree Sparrow, 22 Chaffinch, 18 Greenfinch, 550 Goldfinch, 8 Siskin, 751 Linnet, 46 Twite, 70 Lesser Redpoll, 8 Yellowhammer, 6 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting.

Fieldfares. Paul French

Fieldfares. Paul French

Redwing. Paul French

Redwing. Paul French

24th October 2012 - Wednesday

Migration –watch 07.00-11.00, 14.30-17.30. A misty start then the fog and drizzle rolled in and out from late morning.
Another good day, the Bluethroat was still at Easington Lagoons and showing well at times, a Hawfinch came in off the sea with a flock of Fieldfares, 3 Jack Snipe were on Canal Scrape. Other migrant totals were1 Water Rail, 15 Woodcock, 1 Short-eared Owl, 5 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 1 Tree Pipit, 470 Robin, 6 Black Redstart, 3 Stonechat, 33 Ring Ouzel, 1040 Blackbird, 315 Song Thrush, 5000 Redwing, 2600 Fieldfare, 81 Mistle Thrush was a new record, smashing the previous record of 42 and also included a flock of 41!; 21 Blackcap, 39 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 250 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Treecreeper, 88 Chaffinch, 590 Brambling, 8 Siskin, 1 Twite, 2 Snow Bunting.
On the move were 67 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 21 Teal, 1 Pochard, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup, 12 Eider, 96 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 24 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Bonxie, 2 Little Gull, 27 Skylark, 18 Swallow, 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 alba Wagtail, 1050 Starling, 4 Greenfinch, 160 Goldfinch, 8 Siskin, 27 linnet, 1 Twite, 18 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Reed Bunting.

Jack Snipe. Ron Marshall

Jack Snipe. Ron Marshall

Mistle Thrush. Tom McKinney

Mistle Thrush. Tom McKinney

Bluethroat. Ian Smith

Bluethroat. Ian Smith

23rd October 2012 - Tuesday

Migration –watch 07.00-08.30. Fog all day and a light NE wind.
Even foggier conditions than yesterday, there was very little visible passage to talk of but still good numbers of grounded birds and an increase in some species. A Bluethroat was found at Easington Lagoon in the afternoon, a ‘Siberian’ Chiffchaff was trapped and ringed at Kew in the morning, a Richard’s Pipit was seen at Sandy Beaches early morning before flying off north and a male Hawfinch was trapped at the Point.
Today’s migrant totals were 14 Woodcock, 2 Short-eared Owl, 8 Swallow, 5 Rock Pipit, 5 Grey Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 700 Robin, 14 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 5 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 43 Ring Ouzel, 1250 Blackbird, 1580 Fieldfare, 80 Song Thrush, 1870 Redwing, 4 Mistle Thrush, 14 Blackcap, 61 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 515 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2000+ Starling, 44 Chaffinch, 367 Brambling, 7 Siskin, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting.

male Hawfinch. Richard Willison

male Hawfinch. Richard Willison

Brambling. Richard Willison

Brambling. Richard Willison

'Siberian' Chiffchaff. Ian Smith

'Siberian' Chiffchaff. Ian Smith

22nd October 2012 - Monday

Migration –watches all day long at various places along the peninsula. A force 3 NE wind all day, it had rained all night and just about stopped as it was getting light, fairly thick fog all day.
Thrushes and Bramblings were going over during the night and continued all day although most had stopped coming in by late morning, leaving plenty of grounded birds. Robins and Goldcrests started to increase from late morning. It was a spectacular day, with Redwing and Brambling records both being broken.
The days totals for migrants were 1 Water Rail, 3 Moorhen, 34 Lapwing, 3 Jack Snipe, 20 Snipe, 20 Woodcock, 1 Short-eared Owl, 32 Skylark, 6 Swallow, a Richard’s Pipit south past the Narrows, 1 Tree Pipit, 41 Meadow Pipit, 9 Rock Pipit, 6 Grey Wagtail, 6 alba Wagtail, 420 Robin, 20 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 5 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 57 Ring Ouzel, 1020 Blackbird, 9345 Fieldfare, 835 Song Thrush, 21,100 Redwing, 10 Mistle Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 15 Blackcap, a Yellow-browed Warbler, 35 Chiffchaff, a Siberian Chiffchaff at the shooting pond on Beacon Lane, 4 Willow Warbler, 800 Goldcrest, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 26 Chaffinch, 2675 Brambling, 3 Siskin, 8 Lesser Redpoll, 2+ Hawfinch, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Snow Bunting, 8 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included a Storm Petrel north past the sea-watching hut, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank and 2 Greenshank.
also a total of around 450 birds ringed today!

Black Redstart. Ian Smith

Black Redstart. Ian Smith

Plenty of these at the moment. Sue Hepton

Plenty of these at the moment. Sue Hepton

part of the 500+ Brambling flock. Ian Smith

part of the 500+ Brambling flock. Ian Smith

Brambling. Ian Smith

Brambling. Ian Smith

21st October 2012 - Sunday

Sea/Migration –watch 07.50-09.30, 13.30-17.00. A foggy start and a few spells of fog rolling in during the morning, blue skies for most of the day with a force 2-3 NE wind picking up from early afternoon.
A Hawfinch dropped into the Crown & Anchor car park early morning but wasn’t seen again, a Moorhen on Canal Scrape was the first since the middle of June, Jays seen included 1 at the Point and 2 over Kew, a Black Redstart was at post 61 and other grounded migrants included 2 Water Rail, 4 Short-eared Owl, 5 Rock Pipit, 11 Stonechat, 1 Ring Ouzel, 40 Blackbird, 16 Song Thrush, 35 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, 30 Goldcrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Brambling.
There was some light passage - 1 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 2 Eider, 107 Common Scoter, 31 Red-throated Diver, 2 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie, 31 Little Gull, 206 Kittiwake, 52 Skylark, 6 Swallow, 78 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail, 5 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 25 Greenfinch, 28 Goldfinch, 7 Siskin, 4 Linnet, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 4 Yellowhammer, 4 Reed Bunting.
Other birds included 9 Pochard, 8 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Avocet, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 4 Mediterranean Gull.

The first Rock Pipit to be ringed in several years. Rich Swales

The first Rock Pipit to be ringed in several years. Rich Swales

20th October 2012 - Saturday

Migration -watch – 07.15-16.15. A cloudy day with some long sunny spells, a force 3-1 SW-WSW wind.
A Yellow-browed Warbler was seen at the Point, at least 5 Bearded Tits were present which included 2 south over the Warren, a Woodlark flew south in the morning and a Little Auks was seen flying over the Humber.
There was a light passage of birds moving south throughout the day and a few Starlings and Redwings were coming in off the sea in the afternoon. The passage totals were 815 Pink-footed Geese, 69 Wigeon, 18 Teal, 5 Mallard, 1 Eider, 109 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Goosander, 14 Red-throated Diver, 3 Sparrowhawk, 50 Golden Plover in, 3 Snipe in, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Common Tern, 201 Skylark, 13 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 227 Meadow Pipit, 44 Rock Pipit, 10 alba Wagtail, 32 Redwing in, 8 Jackdaw, 9 Rook, 220 Starling + 143 in, 17 House Sparrow, 108 Tree Sparrow, 33 Chaffinch, 7 Brambling, 108 Greenfinch, 227 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin, 64 Linnet, 40 Twite, 53 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer, 15 Reed Bunting.
A count of 26 Little Egrets was a new maximum count, while other birds seen included 2 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, a melanistic Knot, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Stonechat, 1 Ring Ouzel, 3 Mistle Thrush, 6 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 20 Goldcrest, 8 Long-tailed Tit.

19th October 2012 - Friday

Migration -watch – 07.15-14.00. A cloudy still day with a very light SE breeze picking up in the afternoon.
The male Bearded Tit was seen again, but also another four including another male (which was later trapped and ringed) were seen on Canal Scrape. The main feature of the day was again visible migration, highlights being a Hawfinch, 12 Twite and a Lapland Bunting. Other totals were 1 Snipe, 238 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 25 Meadow Pipit, 48 Rock Pipit, 10 Grey Wagtail, 23 alba Wagtail, 4 Dunnock, 1 Jackdaw, 11 Rook, 7 House Sparrow, 120 Tree Sparrow, 30 Chaffinch, 6 Brambling, 85 Greenfinch, 357 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin, 18 Linnet, 6 Twite, 125 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Yellowhammer, 41 Reed Bunting, and 2 Jay U-turned.
Other birds seen included 3000 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Shag, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 50,000 Knot, 1 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Barn Owl, 3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Black Redstart, 6 Stonechat, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Fielfare, 6 Song Thrush, 35 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest.

Twite. Rich Swales

Twite. Rich Swales

Twite. Rich Swales

Twite. Rich Swales

Bearded Tit. Ian Smith

Bearded Tit. Ian Smith

18th October 2012 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch – 07.15 – 13.30. Rain at first light which soon cleared to leave a cloudy morning and longer sunny spells developing, a force 2-4 SSW wind.
The male Bearded Tit was trapped and ringed and became the 100th species ringed by the Observatory this year, another 3 were seen as they left the Canal and towered into the sky and continued north. Migrants were still thin on the ground – 1 Water Rail, 3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Long-eared Owl, 6 Stonechat, 3 Fieldfare, 18 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest.
It was a good morning for vis mig with the following moving south 61 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Eider, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Snipe, 105 Little Gull, 206 Skylark, 7 Swallow, 115 Meadow Pipit, 76 Rock Pipit, 21 alba Wagtail, 12 Tree Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 218 Goldfinch, 15 Siskin, 125 Linnet, 2 Twite, 80 Lesser Redpoll, 9 Crossbill, 2 Lapland Bunting, 18 Reed Bunting.
Also seen were 2 Merlin, 2 Greenshank, and 2 Mediterranean Gulls.

Stonechat. Sue Hepton

Stonechat. Sue Hepton

17th October 2012 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch – 07.00-13.00, 16.15-17.50. Heavy rain overnight until 08.30 then cloud slowly cleared to leave some long sunny spells, the SE wind quickly veered to the SW but remained force 5-4 all day.
The Tawny Pipit was seen again at Beacon Ponds, as was the Bearded Tit along the Canal. There was a bit of passage once the rain had passed through – 14 Wigeon, 1 Scaup, 26 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 18 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver , 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 2 Shag, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 94 Skylark, 14 Swallow, 37 Meadow Pipit, 42 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 1 Brambling, 34 Greenfinch, 88 Goldfinch, 53 Linnet, 2 Twite, 10 Lesser Redpoll, 9 Crossbill and a Lapland Bunting.
Other birds seen included a Hen Harrier, 1 Merlin, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 1 Short-eared Owl, 4 Stonechat, 2 Fieldfare, 7 Song Thrush, 45 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 20 Goldcrest, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Brambling.

16th October 2012 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch –07.15-10.15, 11.00-18.00. An awful windy day with a force 6+ westerly wind, mainly cloudy but some sunny spells. A lot of leaves dropped which should make it easier finding Pallas’s Warblers when they arrive!
The windy conditions meant most birding was concentrated on the sea with the following recorded 5 Pintail, 7 Eider, 80 Common Scoter, 3 Velvet Scoter, 15 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 25 Gannet, 23 Cormorant, 13 Shag, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Bonxie, 15 Little Gull, 1 Little Auk.
Other birds seen included 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Avocet, 3 Greenshank, 1 Short-eared Owl, 12 Skylark S, 11 Swallow S, 4 House Martin S, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 16 Goldcrest, 2 Siskin.

15th October 2012 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch – 07.15-11.15, 15.10-15.50. Cloudy start with sunny spells and a few showers mid-afternoon, a force 2-3 SW wind.
The Tawny Pipit was seen again at Beacon Ponds around the Little Tern wardens hut and the Bearded Tit was still along the Canal. At least 1200 Redwings moved through during the day, while other migrants seen included 2 Short-eared Owl, 17 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 54 Robin, 13 Stonechat, 3 Ring Ouzel, 220 Blackbird, 40 Fieldfare, 36 Song Thrush, 8 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 52 Goldcrest, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 31 Brambling, 4 Siskin.
There was some light passage during the day – 30 Pink-footed Geese, 6 Common Scoter, 2 Shag, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Bonxie, 17 Skylark, 80 Meadow Pipit, 27 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 13 alba Wagtail, 60 Greenfinch, 201 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin, 84 Linnet, 74 Lesser Redpoll and 6 Reed Bunting.

more photos of the Tawny Pipit and Bearded Tit by Richard Willison

more photos of the Tawny Pipit and Bearded Tit by Richard Willison

14th October 2012 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch – 07.00-12.00, 14.00-17.00. Mainly cloudy with some sunny spells and a couple of showers, a light NW wind picked up and went round to the north in the afternoon.
A Richard’s Pipit pipit flew north over the Triangle and appeared to drop near the Church, taking the Spurn area year list to 245. The Tawny Pipit was re-found early afternoon back where it was originally seen around the Little Tern hut at Beacon Ponds. A Barred Warbler was found at Chalk Bank. The Bearded Tit was still along the Canal, the Yellow-browed Warbler was still at post 68. Other migrants included 2 Woodcock, a Long-eared Owl at Sammy’s Point, 3 Short-eared Owl, 6 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 100 Blackbird, 24 Song Thrush, 260 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 23 Goldcrest, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Brambling, 1 Siskin, 5 Jay.
There was some light passage – 7 Wigeon, 29 Teal, 4 Pintail, 2 Eider, 78 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 22 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 3 Shag, 1 Arctic Skua, 8 Bonxie, 3 Puffin, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Skylark, 1 House Martin, 30 Meadow Pipit, 19 Rock Pipit, 3 alba Wagtail, 182 Tree Sparrow, 16 Chaffinch, 12 Brambling, 24 Greenfinch, 234 Goldfinch, 60 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Yellowhammer, 6 Reed Bunting.

The Short-eared Owls are showing really well at the moment. Dave Collins

The Short-eared Owls are showing really well at the moment. Dave Collins

13th October 2012 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watches 07.00 – 11.15, 12.30-17.55. Broken clouds and sunny spells all day with a very light variable wind.
Another good day, a TAWNY PIPIT was found at Beacon Ponds early morning but soon flew off south, it flew south over the Narrows but returned north and was last seen heading for Sammy’s Point, this is the 16th record for the Spurn area and the latest. Another addition to the year list was a nice adult male Bearded Tit which spent a good part of the afternoon along the Canal. Three Yellow-browed Warblers were seen – at post 70; north end of Beacon Lane; and the south side of the gas terminal in Easington. Other grounded migrants included 1 Water Rail, 3 Jack Snipe, 6 Woodcock, 4 Short-eared Owl, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Black Redstart, 4 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 4 Stonechat, 2 Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 45 Song Thrush, 460 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 17 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 16 Goldcrest, 2+ Coal Tit, 12 Brambling.
A total of 10 Jays flew north-west (3 and 7) which is the highest count at Spurn since 1984. Other birds on the move (mainly south) were 71 Wigeon, 288 Teal, 28 Mallard, 3 Pintail, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Scaup, 2 Eider, 679 Common Scoter, 7 Goldeneye, 28 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Shag, 1 Marsh Harrier, 6 Bonxie, 620 Herring Gull, 1 Stock Dove, 59 Woodpigeon, 7 Skylark, 6 Swallow, 90 Meadow Pipit, 44 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 alba Wagtail, 13 Carrion Crow, 270 Tree Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 6 Brambling, 83 Greenfinch, 868 Goldfinch, 16 Siskin, 9 Linnet, 205 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Snow Bunting, 6 Reed Bunting.

Tawny Pipit. Mick Turton

Tawny Pipit. Mick Turton

Bearded Tit. John Cooper

Bearded Tit. John Cooper

12th October 2012 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch – 07.00-17.00. Cloudy with some long sunny periods, in a very fresh force 4-5 gusting 6-7 W wind.
A great days birding, the main feature being a superb offshore passage of wildfowl and passerines coming in off the sea. The Wigeon total of 1709 and 1469 Common Scoter are the second highest counts in the Observatory’s history for each species, a total of 17 species of wildfowl flew south with the following totals 10 Barnacle Geese, 25 Brent Geese, 33 Shelduck, 1 Gadwall, 929 Teal, 10 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 9 Pintail, 40 Tufted Duck, 12 Scaup, 6 Pochard, 6 Eider, 7 Velvet Scoter, 7 Goldeneye, 6 Red-breasted Merganser. Other birds moving south included 42 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver N, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Manx Shearwater N, 5 Shag, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Common Buzzard, 5 Kestrel, 4 Oystercatcher, 20 Golden Plover, 9 Knot, 6 Sanderling, 64 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Redshank, 1 Arctic Skua, 6 Bonxie, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 425 Black-headed Gull + 1000+ in, 1 Stock Dove, 5 Swallow, 9 House Martin, 40 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 alba Wagtail, 13 Tree Sparrow, 144 Goldfinch, 13 Lesser Redpoll and 1 Crossbill. Birds coming in off the sea were 35 Lapwing, 1 Jack Snipe, 15 Snipe, 3 Woodcock, 84 Skylark, 34 Rock Pipit, 56 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 34 Song Thrush, 36 Redwing, 8 Mistle Thrush, 313 Starling, 14 Brambling.
The very blustery conditions made it hard finding grounded migrants but 2 Yellow-browed Warblerswere seen – Post 60 and the Point, other migrants seen included 2 Black Redstart, 9 Stonechat, 60 Blackbird, 100 Song Thrush, 100 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, 12 Brambling, 1 Mealy Redpoll.

11th October 2012 - Thursday

Sea-watches 07.00-11.15, 13.15-15.00, 17.10-17.50. Long sunny spells then clouding over late morning for the rest of the day, fresh force 3 SSE-SE wind all day.
At last an arrival of migrants although only in small numbers, the star bird was a RADDE’S WARBLER found in a mist-net at the Warren, it was released back in buckthorn but wasn’t seen again, a Red-breasted Flycatcher was found at post 62 and showed on and off during the day; Yellow-browed Warblers were found at post 62 and Canal Hedge but both were very elusive. Common migrants included 1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Black Redstart, 3 Redstart, 6 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 42 Blackbird, 9 Song Thrush, 330 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 14 Goldcrest, 16 Chaffinch, 14 Brabling, 1 Lapland Bunting.
It was a reasonable morning for duck passage with 4 Brent Geese, 2 Shelduck, 78 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 390 Teal, 1 Mallard, 17 Tufted Duck, 9 Eider, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, other birds moving included 22 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 434 Gannet, 4 Shag, 1 Ruff, 7 Bonxie, 150 Little Gulls.

Radde's Warbler. Alan Cawthrow

Radde's Warbler. Alan Cawthrow

Red-breasted Flycatcher. Ian Smith

Red-breasted Flycatcher. Ian Smith

Black Redstart. Ian Smith

Black Redstart. Ian Smith

Radde's Warbler. Mick Sharpe

Radde's Warbler. Mick Sharpe

10th October 2012 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watches 07.00-10.30, 11.20-12.30, 13.00-17.30. Blue skies all day until clouds formed early evening, a still start with a light force 1-2 E-SE wind from late morning.
Another fairly steady day although 2 Kingfishers were a late addition to the year list. Other grounded migrants included 3 Short-eared Owls, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 1 Grey Wagtail, 7 Stonechat, 7 Song Thrush, 53 Redwing, 6 Chiffchaff, 20 Goldcrest, 4 Long-tailed Tit, a Jay in Easington, 3 Brambling.
On the move south were 10 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 2 Pintail, 7 Eider N, 458 Common Scoter (313 N, 145 S), 21 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater N, 1 Manx Shearwater N, 208 Gannet, 8 Shag, 4 Arctic Skua N, 3 Bonxie, 306 auk sp, 1 Puffin, 2 Skylark, 6 Swallow, 31 Meadow Pipit, 11 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 alba Wagtail, 1 House Sparrow, 33 Tree Sparrow, 1 Brambling, 17 Greenfinch, 486 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin, 23 Linnet, 16 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Reed Bunting.
Also seen were 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Greenshank, 6700 Little Gulls and 7 Common Terns.

Kingfisher. Andy Bunting

Kingfisher. Andy Bunting

Great Spotted Woodpeckers. Ian Smith

Great Spotted Woodpeckers. Ian Smith

9th October 2012 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watches 07.30-10.30, 11.40-12.40, 14.15-18.00. Very light N-E winds with blues skies for most of the day.
Very little passage, very little over the sea and hardly any grounded migrants, all in all a very poor October day. The only birds of note were 3 Pintail, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 11 Bonxie, 500 Little Gull, 1 Short-eared Owl, 9 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 43 Redwing, 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 10 Goldcrest, 3 Coal Tit, 1 Jay, 5 Brambling and 2 Snow Bunting.

Short-eared Owl. Rob Adams

Short-eared Owl. Rob Adams

8th October 2012 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch – 07.15-18.00. A misty, still start with a light S-SE wind picking up, and a light cloud covering most of the day.
It was a good day over the sea and over the land for migration, the highlight over the sea being a nice close in juvenile Sabine’s Gull flying south. The passage totals for the day were 180 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Brent Geese, 65 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 48 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 30 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 3 Eider, 423 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 69 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Manx Shearwater, 1786 Gannet, 11 Cormorant, 6 Shag, 1 Marsh Harrier, 6 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 1 Pomarine Skua, 6 Arctic Skua, 32 Bonxie, 3 Sandwich Tern, 7 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 18 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 59 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 102 Meadow Pipit, 27 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 23 alba Wagtail, 4 Dunnock, 2 Rook, 17 Carrion Crown, 4 House Sparrow, 270 Tree Sparrow, 57 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 331 Greenfinch, 1411 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin, 135 Linnet, 116 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Yellowhammer and 90 Reed Bunting.
Still very few grounded migrants around: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Stonechat, 7 Song Thrush, 29 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 23 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Brambling.
Other birds seen included 4116 Shelduck, 10 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank.

Pale-bellied and Dark-bellied Brent Geese. Ian Smith

Pale-bellied and Dark-bellied Brent Geese. Ian Smith

7th October 2012 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 06.55-18.15. Clear skies all morning and light clouds in the afternoon, a light NW wind moved through to SE by the evening.
Clear skies last night and a big clear out by the morning, the only grounded migrants seen were 3 Short-eared Owl, 9 Stonechat, 10 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 16 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Coal Tit.
More light passage overland but more activity over the sea including a minimum of 5000 Little Gulls feeding offshore and slowly moving north. The days totals were 4 Whooper Swan, 920 Pink-footed Geese, 8 Greylag Geese, 28 Brent Geese, 11 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 5 Eider, 301 Common Scoter, 33 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 6 Sooty Shearwater, 21 Manx Shearwater, 956 Gannet, 6 Shag, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, 1 Snipe, 13 Arctic Skua, 19 Bonxie, 22 Skylark, 7 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 23 Rock Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 3 alba Wagtail, 13 House Sparrow, 59 Tree Sparrow, 12 Chaffinch, 9 Greenfinch, 890 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin, 75 Linnet, 50 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Yellowhammer, 15 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 4 Common Buzzard, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Woodcock, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 20 Mediterranean Gull, 500+ Razorbill on the sea, 2 Puffin, 1 Tawny Owl.

Coal Tit. Ian Smith

Coal Tit. Ian Smith

6th October 2012 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch – 07.00-18.00. Clear start clouding over from mid-day with sunny spells, WNW wind had veered to NE in the evening and dropped to force 1-2.
Today’s highlight was a redhead SMEW sat on the sea with 2 Goldeneyes for about an hour mid-afternoon, this is the earliest and first ever October record of this species. A Woodlark flew south over the Warren mid-morning, other birds moving south were 6 Whooper Swan, 315 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Brent Geese, 10 Wigeon, 32 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Goldeneye, 19 Red-throated Diver, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 3 Shag, 4 Sparrowhawk, 7 Kestrel, 3 Snipe, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 11 Sandwich Tern, 11 Common Tern, 40 Skylark, 19 Swallow, 12 House Martin, 73 Meadow Pipit, 12 Rock Pipit, 4 Grey Wagtail, 4 alba Wagtail, 87 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 17 Brambling, 970 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin, 10 Linnet, 65 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Reed Bunting.
There was a small influx of migrants from the Continent including the first 2 Woodcocks of the autumn and the first arrival of Blackbirds (s), other migrants included 1 Jack Snipe, 9 Short-eared Owl, 1 Swift, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker including 2 in off the sea, 43 Robin, 1 Whinchat, 13 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 2 Fieldfare, 18 Song Thrush, 140 Redwing, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 17 Chiffchaff, 115 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Brambling.
Other birds noted were a Common Buzzard, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 15 Mediterranean Gull, 2000 Little Gull.

Mediterranean Gull. Rich Swales

Mediterranean Gull. Rich Swales

Smew.  Adam Hutt

Smew. Adam Hutt

5th October 2012 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 06.50-17.00. Rain to start soon cleared leaving a cloudy day with a force 3-2 WSW wind.
The Goldfinches keep coming, todays total was 3440, while other totals were 369 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Brent Geese, 152 Wigeon, 125 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 12 Eider, 186 Common Scoter, 49 Red-throated Diver, 9 Manx Shearwater, 1102 Gannet, 4 Shag, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Kestrel, 4 Bonxie, 8 Sandwich Tern, 77 Skylark, 162 Swallow, 249 House Martin, 246 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 alba Wagtail, 221 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 37 Greenfinch, 17 Siskin, 56 Linnet, 179 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 1 Merlin, 1 Avocet, 450 Little Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 9 Stonechat, 8 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, 21 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Mealy Redpoll.

Coal Tit. Rich Swales

Coal Tit. Rich Swales

more Goldfinches. Rich Swales

more Goldfinches. Rich Swales

4th October 2012 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 06.50-11.45, 12.00-16.30. Sunny spells and a few light showers, a force 3 WNW – 1-3 SW wind.
A Firecrest and a Treecreeper were seen in the churchyard and a Bullfinch was seen at the Point, other migrants included 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 13 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 57 Goldcrest.
On the move south were 2 Whooper Swan, 1120 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Wigeon, 14 Eider, 20 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 3 Marsh Harrier, 4 Kestrel, 4 Sandwich Tern, 29 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 19 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 60 Meadow Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail, 150 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 11 Greenfinch, 600 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin, 43 Linnet, 103 Lesser Redpoll,, 1 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 1 Manx Shearwater, 2 Buzzard, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 530 Little Gulls.

'eastern type' Lesser Whitethroat. Tim Jump

'eastern type' Lesser Whitethroat. Tim Jump

'eastern type' Lesser Whitethroat. Rich Swales

'eastern type' Lesser Whitethroat. Rich Swales

3rd October 2012 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch – 07.00-13.30, 17.00-17.45. Sunny spells throughout the day with a force 4-3 SW wind,
The Red-breasted Flycatcher caught at the weekend was seen again today in the churchyard, another ‘eastern-type’ Lesser Whitethroat was trapped at the Point and other migrants seen included 2 Redstart, 7 Stonechat, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 10 Lesser Redpoll.
Yet more Goldfinches were on the move, todays total was 3290 – the fifth highest count In the observatory’s history, other birds moving south were 106 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Brent Geese, 72 Wigeon, 24 Teal, 32 Pintail, 29 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Manx Shearwater N, 1 Shag, 2 Kestrel, 3 Sandwich Tern, 5 Common Tern, 14 Skylark, 2 Sand Martin, 176 Swallow, 167 House Martin, 214 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 12 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 2 House Sparrow, 104 Tree Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 25 Greenfinch, 16 Siskin, 418 Linnet, 141 Lesser Redpoll and 1 Reed Bunting.

Great Northern Diver. Ian Smith

Great Northern Diver. Ian Smith

Goldfinches. Ian Smith

Goldfinches. Ian Smith

2nd October 2012 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watches 06.40-10.30, 15,30-16.45, 17.10-18.30. A mostly cloudy day with light showers in the morning turning into rain by late afternoon in a stiff force 4+ SW wind.
A Firecrest trapped and ringed at Kew in the morning was the 97th species ringed by the Obs this year, other migrants included 10 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 11 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Lesser Redpoll.
There was more southerly passage typical of early October – 148 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Teal, 34 Common Scoter, 65 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver N, 2 Sooty Shearwater N, 1 Manx Shearwater N, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Sandwich Tern, 46 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 2300 auk sp, 1 Puffin, 1 Swift, 8 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 122 Swallow, 65 House Martin, 414 Meadow Pipit, 11 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 11 alba Wagtail, 52 Tree Sparrow, 6 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 45 Greenfinch, 1507 Goldfinch, 8 Siskin, 368 Linnet, 30 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Crossbill, 1 Yellowhammer, 3 Reed Bunting.

Spotted Flycatcher. Ian Smith

Spotted Flycatcher. Ian Smith

Spotted Flycatcher. Ian Smith

Spotted Flycatcher. Ian Smith

Firecrest. ian Smith

Firecrest. ian Smith

1st October 2012 - Monday

Migration/sea-watches 06.45-12.00, 17.05-18.30. Sunny spells with odd light showers, a fresh force 3-4 SW wnd.
Another reasonable day for southerly passage – 7 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 7 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater N, 9 Manx Shearwater N, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Kestrel, 1 Ruff, 3 Arctic Skua, 110 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 1503 auk sp N, 51 Skylark, 81 Swallow, 11 House Martin, 675 Meadow Pipit, 7 Rock Pipit, 3 flava Wagtail, 4 Grey Wagtail, 15 alba Wagtail, 11 Rook, 203 Tree Sparrow, 14 Chaffinch, 63 Greenfinch, 1539 Goldfinch, 26 Siskin, 472 Linnet, 126 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Yellowhammer, 16 Reed Bunting.
There was an increase in Stonechats to 8 and other birds of note included 5 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Peregrine, 2 Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Redstart, 5 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 17 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Coal Tit.

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